Black Elder (Sambucus Nigra) known also as Elderberry belongs to a family of flowering plants/shrubs in which many species are cultivated in different places throughout the world. You can generally find Elderberry trees grow in moist places: near riverbanks, roadsides, and in moist woodland areas. These trees produce large clusters of beautiful small and creamy white flowers that bloom in late spring to early summer. After the flower blooming then follows by clusters of berries that are black and purple-blue in color. Both the flowers and berries can be used as healing allies and each have unique gifts.
Around this shrub is surrounded with many different ancient folk stories in various places in the world. Like elder wood itself was taboo to burn or cut down in many cultures. It was also considered a Holy Tree, capable of restoring and keep good long health, and it has long been considered a very sacred and especially magical plant.
Elder was said to have powers so amazing she could protect a dwelling from storms, witches, and goblins.
It was also said that she could gift one the power of seeing the future, and allow one to glimpse the faeries if you slept under her.
The fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, “Little Elder Tree Mother,” is the tale of a little boy who has caught cold and is healed by the elder mother, who comes out of the pot of elder tea.
The Germans and English believed that it was unlucky to bring elder wood into a house as this would bring ghosts or devils into the home. The Scotish would put elder wood above their doors and windows to protect their home from evil spirits and witches.
The elder bush is sacred to Holle, the guardian of the dead. This entity has been represented in various ways in several cultures. She is alternately a hag and a nurturing mother. In any case, she is not to be trifled with.
It is still common knowledge that the elder is planted in your garden to watch over the plants in the area.
This mother figure is believed to be a bridge between life and death, communicating with and helping souls to pass over.
For these reasons, people have carried bits of elder wood in their pockets for protection, tied prayers to its branches and dreamed underneath its canopy on a midsummer night’s eve.
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The elder is a famous plant whose medicinal uses have been found to reach back as far Ancient Egypt and cultures. It was also popular with Native American tribes, as well as many people in Northern Africa, Asia and through Europe.
Trace the tradition of the elderberry’s healing power back to Hippocrates, the ancient Greek known as the “father of medicine,” who described this plant as his “medicine chest” for the wide variety of ailments it seemed to cure.
John Evelyn, a famous 17th century English writer, gardener and diarist, John Evelyn, writing in praise of the Elder, says: “If the medicinal properties of its leaves, bark, and berries were fully known, I cannot tell what our countryman could ail for which he might not fetch a remedy, either for sickness or wounds.”
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Elder has a long and rich history of use throughout the world, so it is no surprise that the many benefits of elderberries are now being rediscovered, made use of, and studied. While there are many extraordinary healing friends in the plant kingdom, it is the elder who continues to enchant human’s century after century. It can bring healing like no other herb when one needs potent immune support. This plant is attributed with treating over 70 different maladies from toothaches and fevers to cuts and burns.
In the past in various parts of the world elder shrub been used for healing from all parts from the shrub leaves, seeds, bark, and root but these parts are toxic! In addition, the unripened berry, flowers and flower clusters contain a toxic alkaloid also. It contains a cyanide producing glycoside. Ingesting any of these parts in sufficient quantity can cause toxic build of cyanide in the body.
The North American Indians made a tea of the flowers and Europeans used the flowers for medicinal purposes mostly to cure colds for 100's of years. Just recently, it has become a popular home remedy for treating colds and the flu but has been used for centuries to treat these things and more.
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These days, elder is most important to us because of its antibiotic compounds. The bioflavonoids and other anthocyanins in the berry destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell and replicate. In fact, recent double blind studies show that those who took elderberry when they had they the flu recovered much quicker than those who received the placebo — an average of 3 days, in fact. Interesting to find that Stephen Buhner mentions ebola in his recent book, Herbal Antibiotics, that elderberry has shown activity against this virus as well. Elderberry was used to treat the flu epidemic in Panama in 1995 and in the Europe
Elderberry is quickly becoming one of the most famous herbal of our time. It makes a good wine, yummy jelly, jam, and syrup etc. Often the flower clusters were used to flavor jams and jellies.Fanta marketed a soft drink variety from Elderberries called "Shokata" which was sold in 15 countries worldwide.
Eldeberries are source of
Vitamin A, for vision and immune health as well as cell growth.
Vitamin C helps promote healthy skin, teeth, bones and immune health.
Vitamin B6 which helps fight depression.
Anthocyanins, elderberries are great for reducing sinus swelling and inflammation often associated with the flu or a cold. Have special immune balancing, boosting, and antiviral effects.
Flavonoids found in elderberries have powerful antioxidant properties which may help prevent damage to the body’s cells.
A great source of iron and potassium which help fight off anemia and lower blood pressure which in turn reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease.
Elderberries are full of amino acids, folate, quercetin, polyphenols, isoquercitrin, rutin, anthocyanins, chlorogenic acids and calcium
Flowers are used externally antiseptic washes and poultices to treat wounds, and as eyewash for eye inflammation and infections. Elder has been used for cosmetic purposes for centuries due to the reputation of the flower water to soften, tone, and restore the skin, relaxes sore muscles, soothes burns and rashes, and lighten freckles or spots. The flowers also contain tannins, which account for its traditional use to reduce bleeding, diarrhea, and congestion.
Absolutely this is not an accident that this tree is called Mother of all Herbs and it is the best way to to keep your garden and family in good health. Elderberies should be in each home before fall of winter season, it will boost and protect your immun system in advance. It is very tasty and has nice deep red wine color loaded with with inconditional love and care of mother spirit.
Take care of yourselves and your close ones and be thankfull for this gift of nature for your health.
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